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National American Diabetes Association Alert Day

by Michelle Jackson, MiCAFE Network Coordinator National American Diabetes Association Alert Day is observed annually on the 4th Tuesday in March, this day is intended to be a 1-day wake-up call to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes, particularly when diabetes is left undiagnosed or untreated. Diabetes affects more than 29 million Americans or about 9 percent of the U.S. population. It’s … Continue reading National American Diabetes Association Alert Day

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National Puppy Day

by Rachael Savoie, Office Manager March 23rd is National Puppy Day. National Puppy Day was founded in 2006 by Celebrity Pet & Home Lifestyle Expert Colleen Paige. Paige is also the founder of many other National Pet Days and has devoted her life to creating special days of recognitions that improve the lives of animals and their people. This day is to celebrate the magic puppies … Continue reading National Puppy Day

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A New Attitude for a New Day

by Sheila Robison, MiCAFE Network Coordinator So, this is a fairly new one and yes, it’s true, March 18th is now being noted as “Forgive Mom & Dad Day!” Finally, a day of opportunity for us parents!!! Yes, us, well deserving, hardworking, devoted and courteous parents! If you are one of the chosen who are responsible for a little human being, called a child, or need … Continue reading A New Attitude for a New Day

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Freedom of Information Day

by Jadranko Tomic-Bobas, Managing Hotline Attorney If you think about it, March 16th is not a joyous day for many people – unless, of course, it’s our birthday. Some people view March 16th as just another Thursday, and I suspect that they may be counting the minutes until the weekend. While many of us view the month of March as the beginning of March Madness (Go … Continue reading Freedom of Information Day

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Bridge Card “Lost Benefit” Information

by Lyndsy Gamet, MiCAFE Stakeholder and Network Partners Manager Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has determined that it owes some Bridge Card recipients additional benefits that date back to 2014. They refer to the amount as a “lost benefit.” This was an error related to the Heat and Utility Standard Allowance changes. This Allowance was removed for many recipients, and for some it was … Continue reading Bridge Card “Lost Benefit” Information

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The Importance of Physical Activity

by Karen Flores, Hotline Attorney We all know that a sedentary lifestyle is detrimental to both physical and mental health, however, during the winter months, maintaining consistent physical activity can be challenging. And although being exposed to natural sunlight is good for our health, the outdoors is not very inviting when days are cold and gloomy. There are various ways to stay active indoors.  Of course … Continue reading The Importance of Physical Activity

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Sleep Awareness Week

by Dawn Kepler, Project Administrator The week of March 6th through 13th is Sleep Awareness Week and brings awareness to how sleep affects health and safety. Adults over age 65 typically require less sleep. Although 7-8 hours is recommended for those over 65, 5-6 hours may be an appropriate amount of sleep. Sleep affects mood, attention, memory, sleepiness, falls, and quality of life. Daylight Saving Time … Continue reading Sleep Awareness Week